25 September, 2020

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Use Of ICCPR Act Must Be Judicious And Fair: NPC

The efforts to restrict the spread of the Covid virus continues in Sri Lanka with the state agencies that are at the forefront of this work giving of their best at great risk to themselves. However, the prolonged 24 hour non-stop curfew and accompanying lockdown are also becoming more difficult for the general population to cope with. In situations of crisis, there is a temptation to find a common enemy which can take communal overtones. There are hate stories on the social media that members of a particular community are responsible for most of the Covid infections, which has been articulated even in the mainstream media. This is a continuation of a phenomenon that has been gathering in strength and which peaked with the Easter bombing by Islamic extremists.

Ramzy Razeek

In this context, a case has been reported of a university student, and reportedly a member of a left wing secular political party, who depicted the need for ideological struggle against anti-Muslim hatred. Ramzy Razeek has been arrested under the ICCPR Act which does not provide for bail. He wrote a post on his Facebook wall about the need for ideological jihad or ideological struggle. Jihad is a controversial word which is general understood to mean armed warfare, though there are other interpretations including the spiritual warfare within each person. In his post, Ramzy Razeek is specific about the kind of struggle he is talking about, that it is ideological with pen and keyboard, and through social and mainstream media, on behalf of the country and all its citizens and to help people understand the truth in the context of hate propagated against Muslims.

At a time when the both the social and mainstream media have many examples of hate speech against targeted communities, the singling out of Ramzy Razeek appears unfair. The National Peace Council appeals to the government authorities to mitigate the charge against this young person. Free expression and criticism are essential in crises such the present one, to ensure that critical voices and grievances of people are heard. The police have recognized that there is a need to counter the circulation of false or malicious information, and to take action against those that hinder public officials from performing their duties or threaten them. We also note that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said that his government is ready to accept constructive criticism. The right to free expression is important to protect while fighting the Covid virus and its spillover into the economic, social, political and cultural arenas. (National Peace Council) 

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    Mr. RAZEEK: ICCPR is some new legislation for Asian govts. Some screwed them up with it. That is to promote and help IDENTITY politics, HYBRID WAR and PIVOT TO ASIA program. Some countries which implemented has some annoying complaints from them. Simple it promotes division within the society and more confrontation.

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      Colombo Telegraph,

      “In situations of crisis, there is a temptation to find a common enemy which can take communal overtones. There are hate stories on the social media that members of a particular community are responsible for most of the Covid infections, which has been articulated even in the mainstream media. This is a continuation of a phenomenon that has been gathering in strength and which peaked with the Easter bombing by Islamic extremists.“
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      Yes. This is Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhist” Racism, which was implicit, but have become explicit, with the Wuhan China-19, originated virus, renamed COVID-19 virus by the WHO. Ask the Tamils.
      The racists have stooped to such low levels and lies, to attribute the China virus to the innocent Muslims, ignoring the facts and evidence for the China virus. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Mahinda Rajapaksa and cronies are knowingly participating, aiding and abetting this racism against the Muslims, trying their best to link to the China virus.
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      U.S. President Donald Trump warned China on Saturday that it should face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for the coronavirus pandemic, as he ratcheted up criticism of Beijing over its handling of the outbreak. “It could have been stopped in China before it started and it wasn’t, and the whole world is suffering because of it,” Trump told a daily White House briefing.
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      “If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, yeah, I mean, then sure there should be consequences,” Trump said. He did not elaborate on what actions the United States might take.
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      Trump and senior aides have accused China of a lack of transparency after the coronavirus broke out late last year in its city of Wuhan. This week he suspended aid to the World Health Organization accusing it of being “China-centric.”

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        This is no evidence of a significant IQ.

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          IQ is relative and is not absolute. Practising Buddhists should be very iBut practice this and see.

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          You telling Amare what is IQ is?

          Pig is teaching elephant what is cleanliness is?

          They say one time a bat looked at a crow on the tree he was hanging and asked it, friend why are you sitting upside down? Avivivekapoorana Guru, sorry for your situation and your disciples! .

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      Also by default Sri Lankan Governments do this always from the time of independence. It is obvious why they do this to the minorities? The question is the fear factor, who is in the mionority here? The Muslims, divided from the rest of the Tamils using religion, or the Tamils divided from the rest of the Sri Lankans using ethnicity? or the Sinhala Buddhists calling themselves the majority?

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    In today’s world, local politics has become a tool of the International Politics. FACE BOOK was brought by CIA for $ 50 billion and then was taken to the stock market (they recovered it) . So, you need to think a lot.

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    An honest statement from Jehan PhD, without double meaning.

    The Swiss pastor went to Jaffna with Government accedes & support. There were many Chinese, without proper procedures, kept coming into the land during high risk times. (America should investigate that part from Lankawe that how did Lankawe concluded that those Chinese visitors didn’t have infection. It will help to determine how this atomic bomb virus was let loose in China). First infected Lankaweyan is a Sinhalese male, performed as a guide to some tourists. While, after almost all countries had shut off tourism, why Lankawe kept encouraging tourist? Italy, France & other Tourists were not screened. There were reports blaming Airport Immigration and Customs offices of being corrupt to allow returning passengers slip through their system without checking. Temperature reading scanners in the airport were blamed let leave of 40% of high temperature passengers. But end of the day Muslim Mass took the brunt. More than 30,000 arrested for curfew braking. Few Mosques’ foolishness was used by anti-Muslim Media to spread their propaganda. Garnier was arrested to extract the file details in Swiss embassy refugees. Same way, to extract client information, now Hisbullah is arrested.

    The stupidity of some Muslim writers is not countering the hate hurled on Muslim mass, but fighting a common treatment given to all corpses. If it were right, all dead persons are respected; if it were wrong all dead by Coronavirus are disrespected. Muslim politicians and writers softened the Muslims targets for Aanduwa by their election greedy actions. That is why Aanduwa arresting not connected ones by inventing connections with 4/21. 4/21 was planned and staged by Yahapalanaya & Chitanta governments. India is the first hand witness to that.
    Aanduwa should immediately release all Tamil, Muslims & Sinhala (like Ranjan) innocent people arrested for political reasons. They should arrest the political heads who are responsible for 4/21.

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      Overdose of the laxative once more?

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        I may need once in while laxative, but you do never stopping pumping out through your both holes by your untreated Cholera.
        You know, from the time you were extradited from UK, you are stuck with your Dr. Oh Deva save these souls!

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    The government is looking for a loophole in the law to arrest Muslims. They are wich hunting. Do we call it a Dharmishta Buddhist country?bOh NO. Wee it is moving towards a country like Idi Amin Dada

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    Moslems have never fought with pen and paper (or keyboard}. Whenever someone took pen to paper to say a word critical of Islam (such as the French magazine Charlie Hebdo) Moslems came with guns and explosives and killed the writers and anyone within eyeshot. This man is a Taqqia master, he signals the need for that type of barbarism by using the word Jihad (which to Moslems is a dog whistle for barbarism and Jihad against unbelievers) but when caught he says he meant an ideological Jihad which is classic Coranic Taqqia deception.

    Lankan police should be congratulated for prompt action and they should interrogate him thoroughly and incarcerate him for a long time. With the right kind of coercion I think he will soill out a lot about the Taqqia deception under way in Lanka and more importantly where his writer Taqqia masters are located globally. Lanka should not lose this opportunity to get to the bottom of this pit and catch the monsters crawling with Jihad venom in their minds.

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